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Better: A Field Guide to Continuous Improvement

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June 7, 2013 12:30 PM

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

In every field and endeavor, the key to getting better is feedback. Much of the time, that feedback is integrated into explicit practice, as when a coach watches you hit hundreds of backhands and corrects your positioning in real-time. There are cases, however, where traditional practice is either not possible or not effective. You can practice how to write code, for instance, but the skills that help you succeed there don’t necessarily translate easily to larger scopes (as in a full three-month project). In these cases, we have to figure out how to take lessons from performance (or doing-it-for-real) and apply them to the future.

In this talk, we’ll look at how different domains (for instance, medicine and the military) deal with the problem of performance-as-practice and the techniques they use to get better over time. We’ll also look explicitly at how this can (though often doesn’t) work in software development. The goal, as always, is to get better, and this session will shed light on how to do just that.

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